Elective Affinities

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz’s practice is a continuous sequence of struggle with art history, a constant appropriation of its narratives and rearrangement of its protagonists into the artists’ own, contemporary context. Standing on the ambiguous line between iconophilia and iconoclasm, both elevating and desecrating the general rule, Lenkiewicz creates an ever- expanding wunderkammer of references where history and popular culture merge into uncanny figures in hyper-real settings.

The exhibition ‘I Have an Excellent Idea, Let’s Change the Subject’ at All Visual Arts is a bricolage of fictional and factual worlds where Hermann Göring is put on trial in Alice’s Wonderland and Leonardo da Vinci exists parallel to Disneyland. The exhibition comprises a series of large oil paintings where Pablo Picasso and Sir John Tenniel’s (the artist who illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland) methods interlock in a seamless interplay.

Lenkiewicz adopts the epistemological anarchy of Paul Feyerabend’s notion of ‘anything goes’. Feyerabend was reknowned for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules. Lenkiewicz’s decision to make differing cultural ideologies collide into forced dialogue results in surprising reformations of formerly degenerated truisms back to life in a modern context. Fittingly taking its name from the utterance of the Mad Hatter, a character from Lewis Carroll’s truly trippy Alice in Wonderland, the exhibition centers on the ambiguity between history and myth.

I Have an Excellent Idea… Let’s Change the Subject
13th May to 14th July 2011

All Visual Arts
2 Omega Place
London N1 9DR


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